About 40 miles northeast of Quartzsite, WAY out in the desert, lies the ghost town of Swansea. The buildings there are about 100 years old. This was the general store.
Swansea was first a silver mine, but when the silver ran out, it became a copper mine. That's when this power plant was built.
This Dust Chamber was part of the smelting process, used to extract the copper. By 1909, the town grew to 500 people, and included saloons, a post office, and even a moving picture house.
There are still many deep mine shafts in the area.
The first train arrived at this adobe depot on the new Swansea Railroad in 1910. By May of that year the furnaces began producing the first copper at a rate of 50 tons a day.
I think I found a little piece.
Of course, the main reason I came was to find "rusty stuff." There was a lot of it - both big -
My sister, Barbara, looks very comfortable on these rusty springs.
But how did they get water to the town? Through this pipeline, about 4 miles long. We set out to find the pumping plant on the river.
The guys gather to confer....
Here's the source of the water - the Bill Williams River. There are supposed to be wild burros around here. Others saw them, but all I saw was -